ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics.



  • As a trade organization to serve the needs of our members.
  • Protect and defend the right to own exotic and domestic animals, in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities, under proper professional care, husbandry and safety standards which are rigorously observed and maintained.
  • Defend our accredited facilities against false allegations, those with political agendas, and mischaracterizations.
  • Promote legal and ethical methods for sustaining captive wildlife.
  • Encourage responsible conservation of genetics through cooperative breeding programs including both privately funded and publicly funded facilities.
  • Promote high standards and ethics through accreditation programs.
  • Educate the media, policy-makers and the public through advocacy and adherence to best practices.



  • Establish professional standards for husbandry, animal care, and safety.
  • Ensure accurate animal and medical records by our members.
  • Enhance the survival of species by the use of professional methods.
  • Ensure an appropriate, safe, and quality existence for animals in captive environments.


ZAA Members are ethically bound to support and implement the Mission, Purpose, and Objectives of ZAA and to:

  • Promote wildlife conservation to our visitors and society at large.
  • Cooperate with colleagues and the broader conservation community to assist in animal propagation, husbandry, care and conservation in both the managed and wild populations.
  • Possess and abide by all required federal, state, city, county, local, international and any other related permits.
  • Act in accordance with all federal, state, city, county, local and international laws and regulations.
  • Conduct all affairs ethically and legally with a high degree of professionalism, honesty, integrity and fairness to all concerned.